Real Madrid’s grip on a record 32nd La Liga title came loose as Valencia held the league leaders to a scoreless draw at the Bernabeu.
Real led title rivals Barcelona by 10 points in March, but saw that advantage cut to four on Sunday after Jose Mourinho’s side failed to score at home for the first time this season.
Valencia largely had goalkeeper Vicente Guaita to thank for the result, with the Spanish shot stopper producing a number of crucial saves to earn a point for the visitors, who remain third on the La Liga table.
Cristiano Ronaldo was denied by the woodwork early on and forced Guaita into a number of saves, while Valencia’s Tino Costa and Ricardo Costa also struck the post as neither side was able to make a breakthrough.
In Valencia, Levante moved to fourth on the La Liga ladder with a 2-0 victory against Atletico Madrid.
Levante struck twice inside the first nine minutes of the contest with Valdo and Arouna Kone both heading the ball past Atletico goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Brazilian defender Miranda was given his marching orders for a second yellow card in the dying stages as Atletico remained outside of Spain’s European qualification spots for next season.
Mallorca and Granada played out a scoreless draw, with Athletic Club edging past Sevilla 1-0 in the day’s other games.
Real face Madrid neighbours Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, while Barcelona will host Getafe at Camp Nou on Tuesday.